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Selby District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

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Council only pledge for 2030

“As the Leader of the Council I am setting a clear ambition for the Council to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 (‘Net Zero 2030’).”

Climate documents

Last update: March 16, 2022
Low Carbon Strategy 2021-2030

Action Plan · DOCX · Council Only

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Selby District Council Action Plan

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Climate Plan Scorecard

This council’s climate plans as of 20th September 2021 were assessed and scored by trained Climate Emergency UK volunteers, as part of the Council Climate Plan Scorecards project.

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Selby District Council scored zero points in this assessment. This is because the council either didn’t have any published plans at the time of the assessment, or the plans didn’t qualify.

SectionSelby District CouncilAverage district council
Total score0%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
Section 3 Commitment and integration
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
Section 6 Co-benefits
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
Section 8 Education, skills and training
Section 9 Ecological emergency

Emissions data

655.5 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

7.1 tCO2

per person

1.1 ktCO2

per km2












Public Sector

Data from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy “subset dataset”, representing carbon dioxide emissions within the scope of influence of local authorities.

These councils are the most similar to Selby District Council in terms of emissions profile, deprivation, rural/urban population density, and geographical nearness. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Rutland County Council71%No2050No
High Peak Borough Council70%Yes2030Oct. 15, 2019
North Yorkshire County Council69%Yes2030No
North West Leicestershire District Council69%Yes2030June 25, 2019
East Riding of Yorkshire Council69%No2050Feb. 24, 2021
South Lakeland District Council69%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Newark and Sherwood District Council69%Yes2035July 16, 2019
Cumbria County Council68%Yes2050No
North Lincolnshire Council68%Yes2030No
North Warwickshire Borough Council68%No2030Oct. 22, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Selby District Council in terms of their emissions profile, based on the latest data from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
North East Lincolnshire Council73%Yes2050Sept. 19, 2019
Fenland District Council73%NoNo targetNo
Rutland County Council70%No2050No
High Peak Borough Council69%Yes2030Oct. 15, 2019
Hartlepool Borough Council67%NoNo targetNo
Wrexham County Borough Council66%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Flintshire County Council65%YesNo targetNo
Redcar and Cleveland Council64%Yes2030March 28, 2019
Wyre Council63%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council62%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
City of York Council97%Yes2030March 11, 2019
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council95%No2040Sept. 19, 2019
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council95%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Leeds City Council93%No2030March 27, 2019
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority93%No2040Nov. 7, 2019
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council92%No2030Oct. 30, 2019
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council92%Yes2040Sept. 18, 2019
Bassetlaw District Council91%NoNo targetNo
North Yorkshire County Council91%Yes2030No
Ryedale District Council91%No2050Oct. 10, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Selby District Council in terms of the proportion of their population living in high deprivation, medium deprivation, and low deprivation neighbourhoods. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Wiltshire Council99%No2030Feb. 26, 2019
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council99%Yes2025July 18, 2019
Melton Borough Council98%No2030July 17, 2019
Huntingdonshire District Council98%No2040No
East Cambridgeshire District Council98%Yes2050Oct. 17, 2019
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council98%No2030July 16, 2019
South Staffordshire Council98%YesNo targetSept. 10, 2019
Orkney Islands Council97%YesNo targetMay 14, 2019
New Forest District Council97%NoNo targetNov. 6, 2021
Cambridgeshire County Council97%Yes2050May 14, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Selby District Council in terms of the proportion of their population living in urban, rural, and highly rural neighbourhoods. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Harborough District Council98%No2030June 24, 2019
Maldon District Council96%No2030Feb. 4, 2021
Ribble Valley Borough Council95%No2030No
Allerdale Borough Council94%Yes2030Sept. 25, 2019
North Kesteven District Council93%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Stratford-on-Avon District Council90%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Mid Devon District Council90%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Cotswold District Council88%NoNo targetJuly 3, 2019
South Somerset District Council88%Yes2023May 21, 2019
Copeland Borough Council87%Yes2050No

Powers & Responsibilities

Selby District Council is a Non-Metropolitan District, with powers over:

Council buildings and staff

Climate actions might include:

  • making council offices more energy efficient
  • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ or public transport use among employees
  • providing carbon literacy training for employees
    Environmental health

    Climate actions might include:

    • reducing industrial emissions through air quality enforcement
    • bringing up insulation and energy efficiency standards through enforcement of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) and Decent Homes Standard 2000, for cold and damp conditions in private rental and social housing

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Planning and building control

    Climate actions might include:

    • imposing reasonable requirements that new developments comply with energy efficiency standards and get a proportion of their energy from local, renewable sources (Planning and Energy Act, 2008)
    • incorporating additional energy performance standards into their Local Plan, for new works that require planning permission
    • using Area Action Plans to guide development proposals towards lower carbon emissions or more cycling and walking routes, for example
    • enforcing legislation that requires private rental properties to be of Energy Efficiency Rating E or above (Energy Efficiency Regulations, 2015)
    • funding energy efficiency improvements on existing homes, through initiatives such as Green Homes Grants

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.


    Climate actions might include:

    • setting energy standards above building regulations (Planning and Energy Act, 2008)
    • enabling housing associations to improve the energy efficiency of their housing stock through loans
    • where councils operate their own social housing, prioritising energy efficiency – for example, by requiring Passivhaus standard for newly built schemes

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Spending, procuring, and investing

    Climate actions might include:

    • embedding carbon impact assessment as part of the council’s budgeting and financial accountability process
    • utilising Public Works Loan Board loans or the Business Rates Retention Scheme to invest in emissions-reducing capital projects that otherwise wouldn’t get funded
    • specifying low carbon equipment and practices when procuring for relevant services from suppliers
    • prioritising positive environmental impacts during procurement, through the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012
    Waste collection

    Climate actions might include:

    • establishing ‘Joint Waste Solutions’ with neighbouring councils, to get more value out of waste, recycling, and street cleaning contracts
    • running marketing campaigns to encourage residential recycling, reuse, and waste minimisation

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Read more about English local authority powers in the UK100 Power Shift report.

    More about this council
    Selby District Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Selby District Council’s ‘carbon budget’ – their share towards meeting the UK’s Paris agreement targets.
    Friends of the Earth ‘Near You’ tool
    Discover climate groups in this area, data about Selby District Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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